Kobe Bryant Responds to Mitch Kupchak Statement on Pau Gasol

Before Monday night’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center Mitch Kupchak released a statement concerning Kobe Bryant’s comments from Sunday night.

Bryant had stated his desire for the Lakers to either trade Gasol or state their intention to keep him, rather than keeping his name floating in trade rumors. Kupchak’s response was polite, yet simple. Basically, Kupchak stated that he understood Bryant’s position but that it was still his job to do what he can to improve the team.

Following the win over Portland, Bryant responded to Kupchak’s statement.

Bryant’s comments aren’t remarkably surprising. He isn’t going to start a war of words with Kupchak or other members of management. His initial comments on Sunday were more out of support for his teammates rather than his displeasure with the front office. If Bryant is expected to be the leader of this team, which he is, standing up for his teammates is something he needs to do. In that respect, his comments on Sunday, as well as those tonight, were perfectly acceptable.

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